This business of NTFS not being scanable for viruses unless the OS is up and running is a terrible handicap to people whose operating systems are badly damaged by a virus or so overloaded with parasites it simply cannot run at all.
There has to be a way to scan these systems either from a CD or boot disk of some sort that will allow direct disk access.
Bart's PE DOES NOT WORK so please don't make any references to that. I have tried it and I have passed it to two full-time shop techs who haven't been able to get it to run either. Bart doesn't acknowledge e-mail, let alone answer it. From my perspective, I can't see why he keeps his page up--unless he just gets a laugh out of knowing how many people are wasting their time with it.
What I am looking for is a way to boot a system and have the same direct disk access that DOS boot disks give to a FAT-32 system. I want to be able to scan an NTFS partition/disk for viruses using the DOS version of Norton Antivirus or F-Prot or a similar DOS scanner.
What I am currently doing is removing the hard disk, taking it to a running Windows 2000 system and scanning it there. This is getting time-consuming and old.